Conquering an industry that has long been dominated by men is no simple feat, but Susan McGalla has mastered it. Having climbed the ranks of the business world, McGalla is considered one of the leading business women in America.
Susan McGalla is currently the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for the Pittsburgh Steelers. McGalla credits her business success to growing up with two brothers and a father who was a football coach. She says that she was never given any breaks for being the girl of the family and had to work hard for everything she wanted.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from Mount Union College, McGalla went on to tackle American Eagle Outfitters. From 1994 to 2009 she climbed through the various ranks of the company, eventually becoming the President and Chief Merchandising Officer. The retail giant credits her with incredible profit growth and industry-leading revenue during that time. McGalla would then go on to become the CEO of Wet Seal, where she improved product quality and hired world-class talent at executive and middle management levels. Following this, she would go on to create P3 Executive Consulting, an advisory service to the financial and Wall Street community.
In 2015, Susan McGalla became the Vice President of Business Strategy and Creative Development for Pittsburgh’s renowned NFL team. Regarded as one of America’s leading business women, McGalla has managed to shatter the glass ceiling so many struggle to reach. While there are many networks and initiatives available for women to seek business careers, it is still difficult for women to truly break into the industry. With women filling only a quarter of the leadership roles in companies around the world, men still hold the majority of powerful positions in business. This disproportionate distribution of power makes it difficult for women to climb the ranks of the business world.
A possible solution to this problem may be support from executive sponsorship. An executive sponsor who can recommend women for certain roles and projects can help women to excel in business much like Susan McGalla has.